Found July 16, 2013 on HockeyBuzz:
You can follow Todd on Twitter @ToddCordell! With Ilya Kovalchuk bolting to the KHL, the New Jersey Devils are left with a pretty big hole in their lineup. If there was any doubt as to if they needed another top-6/9 forward, there certainly isn't any longer. There aren't any stars remaining in free agency, but there still are some players who are capable of replacing at least some of the...

Sister: Kovalchuk planning return?

After his abrupt early retirement from the NHL last week and departure for Russia's KHL, the former Devils left winger's sister spoke out about her brother's plans for a possible return to the United States.

Kovalchuk signs 4-year deal with SKA

Russian team SKA St. Petersburg says it has signed forward Ilya Kovalchuk to a four-year contract. Last week, Kovalchuk walked away from $77 million left on his 15-year contract with the New Jersey Devils. SKA did not disclose the terms of the deal with Kovalchuk in its statement Monday. SKA president Gennady Timchenko described the 30-year-old Kovalchuk as a ''real leader...

DeBoer: Devils have a lot to prove

While caught off-guard by star forward Ilya Kovalchuk's decision to retire from the NHL and return home to Russia, New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer said his team's job this season is to prove doubters wrong. Speaking between sessions of a rookie camp, DeBoer said the loss of the 30-year-old Kovalchuk leaves holes on the team's top line and specialty teams, and creates...

Kovalchuk Signs Four-Year Deal With SKA St. Petersburg

from RIA Novosti, Ilya Kovalchuk, who shocked the hockey world last Thursday by abruptly retiring from the New Jersey Devils, has signed a four-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg, making him the first major Russian hockey star in his prime to defect from the NHL to the KHL. The deal, announced by the club on Monday, signals a coup Russian hockey officials have been fighting...

Ilya Kovalchuk signs 4-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg

Ilya Kovalchuk has found a new team to play for in his native country. (Rich Kane/Icon SMI) After shocking the hockey world with his abrupt retirement from the NHL, Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk didn’t take long to find a new hockey team to play for. According to Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated, Kovalchuk has signed a four-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL, just four...

Ilya Kovalchuk speaks about SKA St. Petersburg deal

Much as been said about Ilya Kovalchuk's retirement from the NHL, the large amount of money he left on the table in North America and his return to Russia to play for SKA St. Petersburg. Every pundit has weighed in, Jeremy Roenick has had a Twitter meltdown, Don Cherry has had his say. It seems like everyone has spoken, including half of Kovalchuk's family, except for the...

Todd Cordell: New Jersey Devils: Ilya Kovalchuk May Be Planning For Return To NHL

You can follow Todd on Twitter @ToddCordell! Just a few days ago Ilya Kovalchuk retired from the NHL and walked away from the New Jersey Devils. Kovalchuk's contract had 12 years remaining that would have paid him $77 million over that span. Many presumed his days in the NHL were done, but apparently that might not be the case. Kovalchuk may return to the NHL in a few...

“Russian Factor” Fears Leave Top Talent Unaccounted For

Categories: BREAKING NEWS Flyers News NHLTags: Anton BelovIlya KovalchukKHLSergei BobrovskyValeri VasilievIn hockey circles, the summer of 2010 has been referred to jokingly as the “Summer of Kovalchuk,” after then 27-year-old Ilya Kovalchuk dragged out negotiations for weeks before signing a gargantuan 17-year contract with the New Jersey Devils. The NHL rejected the original...

Ilya Kovalchuk defection rattles NHL GMs

Ilya Kovachuk sent shock waves though the NHL by retiring from the New Jersey Devils so he could finish his career in Russia.He walked away from the last 12 years and final $77 million on his contract. The Devils signed off on his departure, but Kovalchuk gutted the franchise with his awkwardly timed decision. In the process of doing so made every general manager employing top...

Suddenly the New Jersey Devils need more offense

Over the long haul, Ilya Kovalchuk’s departure could help the New Jersey Devils. The latter years of his contract would have proven burdensome to the franchise. He had 12 years and $77 million on the contract he walked away from. Devils hockey czar Lou Lamoriello gained considerable long-range payroll flexibility with Kovaluchuk off to finish his career is Russia. But in the near...

Lamoriello, Devils looking at options up front

A week after the New Jersey Devils lost star forward Ilya Kovalchuk to sudden retirement, general manager Lou Lamoriello is still plotting out the future for a team that advanced to the Stanley Cup final just 13 months ago. The Devils watched Kovalchuk last week sign his voluntary retirement papers, which allowed him to break free of the NHL and to sign a new deal in his native...

TheHockeyGuys Weekly Podcast: Episode #6 – July 17th, 2013

The sixth episode of TheHockeyGuys Weekly Podcast, co-hosted by myself (@HunterCrowther) and James Stephan (@J_Habs). In today’s show: The Hockey Guys Philadelphia Flyers columnist Jake Pavorsky (@JakePavorsky) comes in to discuss Philly’s developmental camp, off-season signings, and the addition of Ron Hextall as assistant GM Ilya Kovalchuk retiring from the NHL and heading...
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